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Myth or Fact? “Addiction Is a Choice"

June 17, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Addiction is a brain disease. It’s not a choice, and it’s not a weakness. Drugs can change how the brain works, and those changes can last for a long time.  Read More »

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Why Are Drugs So Hard To Quit?

April 08, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The answer might surprise you. It has to do with the brain.  Read More »

2014 Intel Addiction Science winners visit NIDA (from left to right): Carol Krause, NIDA Public Information and Liaison Branch Chief; Dr. William Dewey, Chair, Friends of NIDA; Aakash Jain; Lily Wei Lee; Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director; Alexandra Ulmer; Sarayu Caulfield; Dr. Sheri Grabus, NIDA Press Officer.

Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

October 09, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

NIDA’s 2014 Addiction Science Award winners tackled emerging topics in addiction science and impressed the judges with their desire to help improve lives. Read More »

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Shedding Light on New Techniques for Treating Addiction

May 23, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

When our brains are healthy, we barely notice this marvel of engineering that controls our every thought, feeling, and move. But the many people suffering from brain disorders, including addiction, know that malfunctions in the brain can change who we are and how we manage our lives. Read More »

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Optogenetics: An Enlightening Experience in High School Research

January 15, 2013  /  John Solder, 2012 NIDA Addiction Science Fair Award Winner

I remember my sophomore year in high school, feeling a life-changing moment of excitement when I read Dr. Read More »

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